Earthquake Victims in Selayar Islands Still Need Emergency Assistance

Selayar Islands residents affected by the 7.4 magnitude earthquake urgently need assistance in the form of baby supplies, tarps, blankets, food, and medicines.

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Evacuees in the Selayar Islands Regency rest in a tarpaulin tent. (ACTNews)

ACTNews, SELAYAR ISLANDS – One week after being hit by a magnitude 7.4 earthquake, residents in Mantu'u Hamlet, Lamantu Village, Majapahit Village, and Bonerate Village, Pasimarannu District, Selayar Islands Regency are still living in makeshift shelters.

Andi Nasri from the Aksi Cepat Tanggap (ACT) South Sulawesi said the evacuees still need emergency assistance such as baby supplies, anti-mosquito nets, mats, blankets, large tarpaulins, medicines, mattresses, food packages, clean water, and cleaning kits.

“The villages are far from the city center. It takes 18 to 22 hours by boat to deliver assistance. There’s only one ferry schedule to Pasimarannu a week and one flight every two weeks at a fairly expensive cost," said Nasri, Tuesday (12/21/2021).

The ACT Emergency Response Team had distributed initial aid in the form of food packages in the three villages, Sunday (12/19/2021).

“Some islands cannot be reached due to difficult access. We are still trying our best. We hope for support from generous friends," said Nasri,

Based on data received by the ACT Makassar Team, the number of residents affected was 2,686 people. 77 houses were heavily damaged, and 105 houses were slightly damaged. An elementary school in Bonerate Village was slightly damaged, and one mosque in Bonerate Village was heavily damaged. []